22 Fun Things: Eat Real Festival returns to Oakland, Candytopia sweetens SF + more events this week
(Courtesy of Eat Real Festival)

22 Fun Things: Eat Real Festival returns to Oakland, Candytopia sweetens SF + more events this week


This week has events to feed your mind and belly.

Start things off with a visit to Candytopia, now open on Market Street. Then, take an LED-lit hip hop yoga class, check out Juanita More!'s new culinary collab at Jones, and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the de Young Museum's upcoming Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibit.

Monday, September 10th

Experience It: Shahryar Nashat

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: The Lab, 2948 16th St. (Mission), thelab.org

Why: This conversation series centered around the modern, immersive art experience welcomes Swiss photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker Shahryar Nashat for an installation and talk with art historian James Voorhies. // Event is free; more details online.

Candytopia Arrives

When: Various times through November 30th

Where: 767 Market St. (SoMa), candytopia.com

Why: ICYMI, the deliciously colorful (and often edible) wonderland that is Candytopia opened on September 6th with an array of tasty displays and sweet treats. // Tickets ($26/kids, $34/adults) are available at showclix.com.

Cocktails 101: The Art of Mixology

When: 7pm to 9:30pm

Where: Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St. (TenderNob), bourbonandbranch.com

Why: Pick up essential cocktail know-how—including history, tools of the trade, technique, ingredients, and more—in this mixology class taught by the masters. You'll learn to make three styles and classic cocktails—and then you'll get to drink them. // Tickets ($100) are available at eventbrite.com.

Comedy x Pop-up Food

When: 8pm to 10pm

Where: Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way (Oakland), starlinesocialclub.com

Why: Kick off the week with some big belly laughs and hearty bites in a rotating lineup of touring comedians and pop-up food vendors. // eventbrite.com

Trestle takes it up a notch.

When: 5:30pm-10:30pm

Where: Trestle, 531 Jackson St. (FiDi), trestlesf.com

Why: The restaurant known in recent year for its value prix fixe meals has tapped chef Claudio Dell'Anno, of Belgium's Michelin-starred Italian eatery Ciccio—to up its game. The new menu is luring us back to Jackson Square for tender hanger steak and housemade orecchiette.

Tuesday, September 11th

It's Trap Yoga Tuesday at Temple.

(Courtesy of ShakeYaAsana)

Coffee & Bagels With the Founder of Daybreaker

When: 8am to 9am

Where: Mindspace, 575 Market St. (SoMa), mindspace.me

Why: Daybreaker cofounder Radha Agrawal is holding an intimate breakfast-time talk about cultivating meaningful relationships and your dream tribe. // Tickets ($20) include a copy of her new book, Belong: Find Your People, Create Community and Live a More Connected Life, and are available at eventbrite.com.

Trap Yoga

When: 7pm to 8pm

Where: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St. (SoMa), templesf.com

Why: Yoga meets hip hop at this dynamic flow class incorporating elements from core power yoga, pilates, and lower back work. LED lighting and live DJ tracks promise this isn't your average moment of zen. // Register at eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, September 12th

Juanita More! Gets Cooking at Jones

When: 5pm to 9pm dinner, 11am to 3pm brunch

Where: Jones, 620 Jones St. (Tenderloin), 620-jones.com

Why: San Francisco's most iconic drag personality, Juanita More!, is spicing things up at the rooftop bar Jones. Now dubbed More!Jones, the place will offer a new Latin-Mediterranean fusion menu devised by Chef Cory Armenta (Hecho, Hi Tops), drag brunches on Sundays and, kicking off today, Wednesday night family-style prix fixe meals ($35/person).

Free Cardio Dance

When: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Salesforce Park, 425 Mission St. (SoMa), salesforcetransitcenter.com

Why: Get fit for free with al fresco dance classes including hip hop, salsa, Zumba, and more in this new rotating series.

Urban Nerf Gun Spy Game

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: Jericho Hill (Union Square)

Why: Take to the streets of downtown SF in a game of war with Nerf guns. There will be three missions followed by bites and drinks. // meetup.com

Thursday, September 13th

Eight Tables' dong-po pork.

(Robert Birnbach)

Panel Discussion on Contemporary Muslim Fashions

When: 10am to 11am

Where: San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St. (SoMa), sfdesigncenter.com

Why: Can't wait for the de Young Museum's blockbuster new fashion exhibit to open on September 22nd? Get a behind the scenes look at the making of the exhibit at this discussion with the museum's costume and textiles curator Jill D'Alessandro. You'll hear tales of the museum's New York photo shoot with Muslim model Halima Aden, and of working with local Muslim teens to create an upcoming podcast. // Event is free; register at eventbrite.com.

Ladies Tell Stories

When: 6pm to 8:30pm

Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. (Presidio), palaceoffinearts.org

Why: The Hustle's 2X storytelling series—launched across seven American cities—lands at the Palace of Fine Arts for an evening with eight badass women—including Poshmark cofounder Tracy Sun, Hipcamp founder Alyssa Ravasio, and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka—who will get 10 minutes each to share about pivotal moments in their lives. Sip some wine, put on a fake tattoo, and listen up. // For more info and tickets ($25-$35), go to thehustle.co.

Eight Tables' Gaggan Pop-up Dinner

When: 6:30pm

Where: Eight Tables, 8 Kenneth Rexroth Lane (Chinatown), eighttables.com

Why: China Live's fine dining destination has been crushing it—the George Chen restaurant was just named one of Time magazine's 100 World's Greatest Places. Tonight, join chef Chen for a special one-time dinner with Bangkok chef Gaggan Anand (of the eponymous World Top 50 restaurant). The evening kicks off with a Champagne reception followed by a 15-course paired dinner exploring progressive Indian eats presented in a playful emoji-style theme. Space is limited and proceeds support the nonprofit Chefs for Change. // Tickets ($550) are available by calling 415-788-8788.

Friday, September 14th

Eat Real Festival

When: 3pm to 10pm Friday. 11am to 10pm Saturday; 11am to 6pm Sunday

Where: Jack London Square, 2 Broadway (Oakland); eatrealfest.com

Why: One of the East Bay's biggest foodie bashes is happening this weekend. The Eat Real Festival returns to the waterfront with a block party of local food vendors who support sustainable practices. You can also check out various classes and hands-on activities including cheese-making, butchery, and fermentation. // Entrance to the festival is free; food costs vary. Tickets for tastings and classes ($5-35) are available eventbrite.com.

A Ballet + Concert Inspired by Mad Max

When: 7pm, Sept. 14-15

Where: The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview), themidwaygallery.com

Why: Enter the post-apocalyptic world in Fury, a new immersive concert experience with music from Yassou and composer Kristina Dutton, and principal dancers from the SF Ballet and Lines Ballet. // Tickets ($28-$125) are available at eventbrite.com.

Fall Cocktail Party

When: 10pm to 2am

Where: Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place (Union Square), barfluxus.com

Why: Head to this hidden art bar from the proprietors of Madrone to sip on wine flights, fall cocktails, and seasonal beers. See an artist live paint while playing chess against attendees (he's undefeated), play boardgames, or hit the dance floor. // Admission is free before 11pm with registration ateventbrite.com.

Saturday, September 15th

(Courtesy of Phoenix Hotel)

End of Summer Pool Party

When: 1pm to 3pm

Where: Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), phoenixsf.com

Why: Don your swimsuit for barbecue, cocktails, a giveaway and more at Skyy Vodka's Proudly American pool party to benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank. // Tickets ($15) are available ateventbrite.com.

Asian-American Food Tasting

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St. (SoMa)

Why: Taste dishes from Campton Place, Salt House, Farallon and more at Plate by Plate, a benefit for the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB), which provides resources for immigrant communities. Expect wine and cocktails from P.C.H. Pacific Cocktail Haven, Suntory, Asahi Beer, and more. // Tickets ($110-$250) are available at eventbrite.com; platebyplate.org/event-sf.

SF Cheese Fest

When: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St. (TenderNob), socialhallsf.com

Why: The fourth annual festival is your opportunity to sample new and classic cheeses from more than 20 makers in the California Artisan Cheese Guild, including Cypress Grove, Cowgirl Creamy, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co, and more. Plus, live jazz, beer, wine, and ciders. // Tickets ($75-$84) are available at eventbrite.com.

The Wing, a women-focused co-working and community space, is opening its fifth (and first West Coast) location at 115 Sansome Street in early October (renderings here).

The Wing's Secret Garden Pop-Up

When: 11am through 6pm, Sunday Sept. 16

Where: Marigold Flower Shop, 2681 21st St. (Potrero Hill)

The soon-to-open-in-SF women-focused coworking space The Wing is landing in Potrero for a weekend pop-up celebration including Equator coffee, Smitten ice cream, flower bouquets by Marigold, and special Wing merch. Go hang out, shop, learn about membership, and pick up a zine about women in San Francisco history. // Register at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, September 16th

(Courtesy of Urban Air Market)

Urban Air Market

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: Patricia's Green, Fell St. and Octavia Blvd. (Hayes Valley)

Why: Conscious shoppers, rejoice! Urban Air Market is back with tons of handmade apparel, accessories, home goods, and body products from 150 emerging designers and makers. There will also be live music and DIY workshops to create terrariums and a headdress wrap. // urbanairmarket.com

Mister Jiu's + Farming Hope Fiesta

When: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Mister Jiu's, 28 Waverly Place (Chinatown), misterjius.com

Why: Nosh on mouthwatering eats and sips, listen to live music, take part in a live auction, and join in on activities like a cactus jam workshop. Farming Hope is opening their first community cafe and partnering with Mister Jiu's to raise funds in a most delicious way. // Tickets ($108) are available at eventbrite.com.

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